‘Crummy’ sitar used by Beatle on hit record sells for $63k
THE sitar George Harrison played on Norwegian Wood has been sold for $63,000 (€53,000). The Beatles star bought the instrument in London in 1965.
Harrison said that he found a sitar in a shop called Indiacraft on London’s Oxford Street earlier that year.
He said that it was ‘crummy quality’ but he bought it anyway and ‘mucked about with it’.
The guitarist added: ‘We’d recorded the Norwegian Wood backing track and it needed something ... I picked the sitar up; I hadn’t really figured out what to do with it. It was quite spontaneous: I found the notes that played the lick. It worked.’
The track is said to be the first pop song to feature one.
In 1966, Harrison and first wife Pattie Boyd went on honeymoon to Barbados where they stayed with her friend George Drummond.
Harrison had a new sitar flown out and gave the old one, right, to his host. It sold in LA for $63,000 and came with letters of authenticity from Ms Boyd and Mr Drummond.